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Edited by: ATRANSFORMATION at: 12/1/2013 (04:09)
~~~Kathy~~~

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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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On this last night of November, I am grateful for:

-Kathy, always making sure we keep going with a new month every time to stay on track, despite her own personal tragedies and stressors (that's called life, I believe)
-More sister time; major, wonderful, awesome, amazing treat
-The movie "Philomena" - was very good and well worth the time and money; I love Judy Dench
-Our shy kitty warming up with my sister nicely after less than two days!! MAJOR progress for her and a joy to watch her opening up to a cat lover of an aunt
-My partner being able to go out to dinner with my sister and I last night, then to the movie and dinner tonight; not easy, but it was quite nice for all
-Planning another long walk tomorrow; we're hitting all my sister's favorite walking spots, plus me showing her the new ones!!!
-My warm and comfortable bed

Goodnight all,
Stephanie

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This Saturday night, I give thanks for ...

~ a rich, love-filled weekend with my parents, siblings, nieces & nephews
~ sweetie had the opportunity to get to know my family better and vice versa
~ mutual admiration all around
~ light, healthy meals today
~ ready to head home tomorrow & rest on Monday before work on Tuesday
~ nephew shared plans for starting an sustainable vegetable farm and CSA
~ as always, all is well ... life is good

Shine,
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11/30/13 11:51 P

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Feeling marvelously grateful for many blessings this Thanksgiving weekend!

~family times at home
~good visits
~good food
~warmer weather
~hugs

May you feel the blessings all around each of us.

"Friends are quiet angels, who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly."
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The last day of November...and I am grateful
* A day spent with family yesterday, sharing an amazing meal and amazing expressions of gratitude.
* The first ritual of lighting candles at the Thanksgiving table, one for my mom, one for my husband, who are no longer with us during the holiday season.
* Seeing how comfortable everyone was yesterday in our home that now has furniture!
* New cyber friends
* Finding my old smallish Christmas tree in the garage, getting it set up already (though I have to run out and get lights, since those...I cannot find) and will have it decorated before I go to bed tonight.
* Being fine with decisions I am making to simplify my life. I am learning...


~~~Kathy~~~

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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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Blue skies after a week of gloomy gray

Rain was appreciated on Thanksgiving Day and made for cooler temps for our tropical expat celebration

Lots of friends around the table that day

Wandering boy went and was polite to all

My patient dh

Understanding of students and client when I missed an appointment/class this Friday

Love of my Mom and Dad felt even from far, far away

"You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance." Kahlil


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11/30/13 9:52 A

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In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.
-- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Good morning,

Strangeness of technology...this post I started yesterday disappeared...and this morning reappeared! Gratitude abounds~~

~ my honors student friend said YES! to studying together: "Of course I will study with you. While I take notes, I don't remember a lot of it. I think a study session would be good because I am also *very* worried about that final. Maybe we can go through and make a timeline of the works, the main characters, authors, themes and stuff? That was my initial plan to approach that test."

~ thinking about delaying applying for my diploma in order to take classes spring semester without having to go through the whole application and $$ process again, since I delayed my road trip in order to drive to CA during the nicer weather of spring (semester ends May 2)

~ a soul-stirring music video, created within a week by a team of volunteers which shines the light on all the small things that make up the beautiful fabric of our lives
www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=4460

~ quinoa-raspberry muffins about IN the oven (of course with our modifications)
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~ housemate back from Thanksgiving with family, and currently playing bridge with other housemate

Blessed be,
xox
Maha




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-- Miss Piggy

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~to bed earlier so woke and rose earlier
~plants watered, dogs fed
~I am dog-sitting until M or T; poodle couldn't wait for me any longer so ran up the stairs (she is 9 so does not do this often)
~starting on my tough assignment yesterday
~taking it slower yesterday
~a clean house
~getting some extra SparkPoints
~self-talk yesterday that was neither negative nor positive, just staying focused on the important, persistent with the move forward, and determined to accomplish my steps to reach my goals
~having a couple of days of quiet

I am slaying dragon after dragon!

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. 
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11/29/13 11:16 P

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Tonight, I am grateful for:

-Resonating with Maha!!! (albeit not often enough) - :-) xoxo
-Being super energized by my time with my sister; we have such a great connection and it's been too long; we're planning our sister trip (not taken for 2 years now) for 2014, meaning we're getting back on track by mutual wish!!
-Three long walk and talks with my sister and she's only been here since 1:30 a.m. Thanksgiving morning!!!
-The luminary walk we did tonight at the arboretum - beautiful walk, beautiful light (luminary and the moon), live Native American flutist, bonfires, warm apple cider and, of course, my sister
-Seeing pictures of my nieces and nephews helping cook Thanksgiving dinner

Goodnight all,
Stephanie

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11/29/13 3:57 P

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Today I am grateful for:
~ daughter & her boyfriend hauling Xmas out of the attic
~ traditions
~ leftovers
~ light
~ hubby pecking away at my piles and me letting him do it
~ many more blessings than I could ever list
namaste,
sherrie

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If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you always got. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. (Albert Einstein)



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This day after Thanksgiving, I give thanks for ....

~ a meaningful job, a cozy home, food on the table, warm clothes
~ good health of beloved family and friends
~ spending this weekend with my parents, nieces & nephews
~ my daughter's ability and commitment to keep in touch despite the distance
~ my son's increased efforts to keep in touch
~ awe and wonder at creation
~ loving what is, living in the moment to the best of my ability
~ all is well ... life is good

Shine,
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Although I don't often mention it, I always carry a deep sadness in my heart for those who are missing from my reach. Holiday times are when I feel it most. I am amazed that the same human heart can hold such paradoxical emotions, and I am grateful for that.

A few minutes ago, I shared this on FB:

I'm beginning to feel the letdown from the pleasures of yesterday's celebration to getting back in routine today. We had a wonderful day with 15 at our dining room table. Sorry, appointed-photographer-failure so have no photos to share. Great day, stimulating conversation, spontaneous laughter. My favorite highlights: not fitting ALL the food on the table and bringing out the whole baked fish after we cleared some stuff, Carol's tasty pies (each one delight to the palate), Michele's birthday and the cake Julie lovingly made for her (and for us to enjoy), hugging everyone and being hugged back, beautiful smiles, wiped-out-in-chess-in-20-minutes by Dalton (longest I've lasted so far!), Julie's chicken and egg story originated by her dad, the happy kitchen crew, a very special gift from William and hearing about his recent adventures, enjoying Jenny's spontaneity and giggles beside me at the table, hearing Greyson's "new" manly and enthusiastic voice amongst all the others, a little heart-to-heart with people who care and pray for each other, having James, Edna, & Leonardo in our home and getting acquainted, Byron, Jim & Bruce's goofy jokes. I did not want it to end!!!

Edited by: SLAYINGDRAGONS at: 11/29/2013 (09:54)
I am slaying dragon after dragon!

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. 
1 Peter 3:13-14, NKJV

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11/29/13 2:02 A

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On our nation's day of thanks giving, I express gratitude
* For making it this far without my dear Alan
* That I made it through the day with only a few major meltdowns.
* Bathrooms, where I can go and seek solitude behind a closed door...
* For the intutive nature of my grandkids...who when I feel the wave of sadness sweep over me, and think it doesn't show, one of them will come and hold my hand. They know...
* For the 9 year old, who looks me in the eye, gives me a big smile, or makes funny faces, or dances and tickles..."To make me feel better"
* Despite this persistant grief as I head into "the first" holiday season, I am also filled with a deep sense of gratitude and joy. I was blessed to have that man in my life, and I am blessed to have what lies ahead of me now.
* Abundance in all its forms...

~~~Kathy~~~

Scales lie. Pants don't lie.
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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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11/29/13 12:18 A

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Today I am overflowing with gratitude for:
~ hearing my daughter hum as she cleans the kitchen
~ reunions
~ letting go
~ holding on
~ smiles & laughter
~ many more blessings than I could ever list
namaste,
sherrie

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If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you always got. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. (Albert Einstein)



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11/28/13 11:28 P

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Thanksgiving day thanks for many blessings in my life and yours...

~nearly ready for the big dinner tomorrow
~both sons home tonight and DD and SIL coming tomorrow
~not planning on any shopping and that is a relief
~it has been a good year
~this gratitude practice and your sharing

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On this Thanksgiving evening, I give thanks for ....

~ a special celebration with special people in my life

~ four year anniversary of participating in this Thanksgiving community

~ the way gratefulness has enriched my life

~ glimpses of your lives, whether you post daily or now and again

~ the good health of my parents

~ my children, nieces and nephews have grown into interesting, passionate, self-supporting young adults

~ snow on the ground

~ all is well ... life is good

Shine,
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The fact that I think about gratitude on a daily basis, way more than once a year on Thanksgiving
-- Stephanie, aka SLASALLE

Good morning,

It's a joy to be here among you on this special day set aside to give thanks~~

~ finished the dang literary analysis: "Dos Mujeres, Dos Extremas"

~ not stressing about the flash drive loss...preparing another one to do the portfolio upload, hopefully Saturday at the county library

~ figuring how to go about asking a kind student friend about studying together for the cumulative final, even though (and especially because!) she's better prepared and has more complete notes -- delicate but perhaps she will take mercy on this old crone...?

~ alone today, and fine with it. I have some possible DVDs (Le Havre, Butterfly, and PBS' In Search of Shakespeare) for entertainment and two biggish projects to complete (it was three, but I have finished one!)

~ resonating with Steph's words, "All of you and this wonderful practice we share; I thank you for sharing with me." Me too!!! Reading everyone's posts has put such a big smile on my face.

Blessed be,
xox
Maha


Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

Never eat more than you can lift.
-- Miss Piggy

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~slept well (took me awhile to fall asleep cuz excited, I think)
~everything seems to be falling into place for dinner here today
~getting this and exercise in first thing so I don't end my streaks
~the amazing all night and continuing rain! (Hoping God does not overly bless us-it's coming down very hard and does not sound like it's going to stop!)
~found Newhardt full episodes on Youtube to watch while exercising!
~getting assignments done so today I can relax a bit (will start-up again tomorrow)
~hearing a few grats from some special friends here this morning
~must get the turkey in the oven, the stuffing mixed and baking, etc. etc. Wish y'all were joining us!

May God richly bless your lives with joy, peace, and miracles that carry you into the New Year. I am blessed by you! Happy Thanksgiving!

I am slaying dragon after dragon!

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. 
1 Peter 3:13-14, NKJV

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11/28/13 2:10 A

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Grateful tonight...and EVERY day...for so many things.
* That our nation, despite Black Friday melding into Black Thursday, sets aside a day to give thanks.
* For my dad being here to share the first holiday without my mom and without my hubby...two will be missing from our table...
* For my son stepping up
* For the BEST neighbors in the world! The things they helped with just today: furniture delivered (YAY, more than three chairs in the living room now!) and they hauled it around, position to position until it was "right". They moved and hung all the paintings where they "should be". Installed safety bar in the guest shower (my dad is 91, and does NOT need a fall in the tub!) and shower curtain rod. AND they even took two of the old chairs for their kids!
* Low key cooking almost done (not having the big meal here until Friday)
* Coping better than I was yesterday

~~~Kathy~~~

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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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Tonight, I am grateful for:

-The fact that I think about gratitude on a daily basis, way more than once a year on Thanksgiving
-Being able to spend Thanksgiving with part of my family; first in quite awhile
-My sister's flight looking like it will be on time (1:35 a.m. arrival - we will be tired tomorrow)
-Managing to stay awake to drive to the airport; this is WAY past my bedtime
-Getting off work early today
-All of you and this wonderful practice we share; I thank you for sharing with me

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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sorry for your woes Girl hope all gets better and you have a happy Thanksgiving
thankful for wonderful words of encouragement from dear friends
for sweet kisses from grands
for the good news from friend about her great grand
for yummy cranberry salad
for good music
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been sick, feeling better

fb chat with SP friend the other day :)

phone call with fb/SP/in real life pal to cheer me on

help from unexpected sources in this challenge where I find myself

surprise picnic birthday party from some of my little church students

my doggie at my feet

hopes for a happy T-day with other expats in the big city tomorrow

"You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance." Kahlil


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~I get to share my grats with you
~slept well and remember that I dreamed
~progressing with assignments
~frustrated with computer not cooperating and it has not ruined my emotional state one bit
~having 12 for Thanksgiving Dinner and excited
~the beginning of a challenging conversation with DH that will continue off & on for a while
~DH brought home a new floor fan
~DS1 had safe travels and is home
~hearing from DIL
~getting some cards in the mail (not the BIG list yet)
~gift list written, seating planned, will do cards next week

I am slaying dragon after dragon!

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. 
1 Peter 3:13-14, NKJV

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On this Wednesday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- a short emoticon day
- picking up turkey and ham for our feast
- renewing our passports for adventures ahead
- my sis and BIL arriving today
- a blessed and emoticon life!

Life is GOOD - Here's to living it!

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things” Maya Angelou

“If you laugh you change; and when you change the world changes.” Shilpa Shah

“Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy.”
Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

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This Wednesday morning, I give thanks for ....

~ half day of work today; then five days off
~ laundry done
~ ready to pack
~ sweetie home finally
~ contract with realtor signed
~ learning my way around the big city (slowly)
~ loving people in my life
~ all is well ... life is good

Shine,
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Today I am grateful for:

my hubby & good news he received at the doctors today (still being treated but ruled out any several major issues/diagnoses)

I created 24 days of short love notes for him, including 24 reasons I am thankful for him. 1 for each day in December. It turned out beautifully and I'm looking forward to him opening them.

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Today i am grateful for:
~ water
~ pain relievers
~ slowly getting home cleaned
~ looking forward to seeing friends and family soon
~ my cozy bed
~ many more blessings than I could list
namaste,
sherrie

Namaste: "I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, We are One." by Ram Das

If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you always got. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. (Albert Einstein)



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This Tuesday evening, I give thanks for ....

~ call from the Gallup Survey reminded me I'm pretty content
~ got my car back and it should be ready to go for another 100,000 miles
~ leave for Wisconsin tomorrow
~ cook Thanksgiving dinner for parents, nephew & his girlfriend
~ Skype date with my daughter on Thanksgiving Day
~ had four offers of rides to get my car tonight from co-workers
~ all is well ... life is good

Shine,
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for spark
for safe journey over icy roads
for friends
for the chance to work with one of the nicest teachers a round
for My favorite Holiday (thanksgiving) coming up


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Cute, Sandra - I like your reference to "bourgeois pain." Because of our location in the world, we often make reference to "first world problems." I am often reminded of how grateful I am to have some of those!
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~finished my text reading for the week (working hard to free up the end of the week, so I'm relaxed on Thurs.)
~that I did not get flustered with DH's visitors at 9 p.m. when I was trying desperately to read
~that I excused myself and went to the bedroom, read some, showered, and went to bed
~that our dog had not actually "escaped" but DH had locked her in his workshop (separate room from the house)
~that I kept my cool when I called DH to unlock the gate and let her back in (when I could not find her, I assumed she was out there, which is the usual place when there's a doggy disappearance)
~that instead of my usual "blame myself" mode in my head, I laughed at myself (this is new!)
~Groceries purchased and put away
~helper day
~the reading I am doing is so interesting (multiculturalism, many cultures); I've been reading about Jewish Holocaust survivors, Native Americans, Black Americans, and Hispanic Americans mainly
~our wonderful bird residents and visitors

I am slaying dragon after dragon!

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. 
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Grateful tonight
* For Maha making a wise decision...
* For giggling with my granddaughter
* For getting Thanksgiving shopping done
* For Tiger Lily tolerating her bath...and smelling SO much better now.
* For picking up my reframed painting (hubby dropped it a few years back, breaking the glass, and smashing the frame) and having it now hanging over the new fireplace, and blessing our family room with its beauty.
* For deal breakers that aren't breaking the deal
* For all of you, for your support and tolerance of my insanity and grief.

~~~Kathy~~~

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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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Tonight as I sit here hanging out with my son, I am thankful for
~ my son and my husband
~ reading all of your posts and thankful for all of your blessings.
~ my favorite celebration of the entire year is just three days away. : )
~ so thankful that I feel gratitude in my heart and soul every day of my life and that this forum allows us to share those blessings with one another
~ spending more quality time with my family and really trying to have more fun times with them
~ doing well on a very restrictive caloric diet that my doctor has given me, due to the fact that I am not physically able to exercise
~ enjoying time with my 7 week old niece and blown away by how fragile a life is and how heavenly and peaceful most of us are when we come into this world
~ meditation and the calmness it brings my soul
~ that Kathy is doing a bit better through music, it has such healing power...

Blessings to you all. Happy Thanksgiving!! emoticon emoticon emoticon


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Sometimes when I need a poem, like today
I find one on Poets.org
so I'm thankful for that site
and for this poem called
Reasons to Survive November
http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMI
D/19695

Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can."
-- H.H. the Dalai Lama
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Tonight, I am grateful for:

-Our comfortable home
-A wonderful evening meal together
-Peaceful harmony between three sister kitties and their two people
-A soft, warm bed to sleep in
-Being able to spend Thanksgiving with family for the first time in awhile
-Knowing I'll get lots of walking in while my sister is here as we walk daily and a good, long, brisk walk at that

Goodnight all,
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Thankful for many blessings...

~to be alive
~to have enough to share with charities that help those in need
~sound transportation
~warm home
~family and friends

May you continue to find much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving!

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This Monday afternoon, it's a good news/bad news day. I give thanks for ...

~ good news: I don't need a new car/bad news: repairs cost almost $1000
~ good news: car should be done today ... at least that's my hope
~ if it's not done today, sweetie's friend will take me to work in the morning
~ good news: figured out how to put up the shades/bad news: it's a BIG job
~ good news: sweetie isn't on road/bad news: weather delayed homecoming
~ help of friends, instructions, weather.com, a reliable garage, and on & on
~ in the end, it's all bourgeois pain ... all is well ... life is good

Shine,
Sandra

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Sorry to hear about some of the hard things you have been facing and glad that you are each finding reasons for gratitude. That is not easy to do.

~busy day, getting a few things done
~groceries purchased and some put away
~I got to see a 14.5 kilo (30 lb) turkey at the grocery; haven't seen one of those here before; most are around 10 lbs. WOW! That'd be 'nuff meat for inviting how many people over?!
~so amazing that the poor lady begging in front of the fruit market was specific about what she wanted me to give to her; I must learn her name!
~lunch: chickpeas, okra, onion, and cauliflower - tasty
~trying to pace myself so taking Thurs. off of studies will still allow time to get it all turned in
~some sprinkles last night (still no good rain)
~a nap

I am slaying dragon after dragon!

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. 
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For another sunny day with chance of rain in the forecast.
For fresh air and breezes..
For my health and that of my friends and family.
Spinach,walnuts and rice with eggs for breakfast.
For all that I have been blessed with.



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after the past weekend I am having a really hard time being grateful, granddaughter wreaked her car was not hurt bad but no insurance so she and her Mom are a wreak, and her sister fell and hit a door and is all bruised up , My baby year old grandson was hurt in a fall, and I was up all Saturday night vomiting.
I am thankful no one was hurt badly
I am thankful I was sick only one night
Thankful I got taking out to all you can eat fish fry
for the nice Music teacher and her kindness to me

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The life of beings rushes by like a mountain waterfall!....Do not waste the favorable conditions and freedoms that you have been granted; Do not let your life be spent in vain!
-- Patrul Rinpoche

Good morning,

Nice to start the day here, and thoughtfully, aware of the fragility of life~~

~ farm fresh eggs from happy chickens

~ A Last Quartet, wonderful film that I enjoyed last night with an amazing performance by Chistopher Walken

~ having saved my research paper on the drive at university in addition to my flash drive, which seems to be lost -- with lots of other valuable files :(

~ homemade vegan cornbread with scrambled eggs this morning -- yum

~ baking and cooking ahead -- black bean chili (beans cooked) and pumpkin walnut muffins

Blessed be,
xox
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It comes from an indomitable will.
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Glad things got better Kathy

On this Monday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- the grey days of early winter, late fall - the blues, purples and deep pinks that 'light' the skies
- acclimating to colder temperatures
- a candy jar full of emoticon (it is a food group you know...)
- packed breakfast and lunch
- afternoon meeting to further a project

Life is GOOD - here's to living it!

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“If you laugh you change; and when you change the world changes.” Shilpa Shah

“Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy.”
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Tonight, I am grateful for:

-Seeing a great award-winning indy movie this afternoon, all by myself (almost 3 hours) when my partner was feeling like napping - "Blue is the Warmest of Colors"
-A great phone conversation with my sister, both of us excited about her arrival Thursday
-My sister and my mother had brunch today after not speaking/seeing each other for 8 months (very "surface" and tentative meal), but it is something (I tried playing peacemaker all my life and about 3 years ago, told them I loved them both and that they could just call me Switzerland)
-Plans for a very non-traditional Thanksgiving meal
-Trader Joe's run made and needed groceries procured
-Overall great day
-My own home and my own bed

Goodnight all,
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This Sunday afternoon, I give thanks for ....

~ it's the first day of my weekend
~ oil changed, groceries bought, home again
~ no where to go until tomorrow since my car barely got me home
~ will be at the garage at 7 am in the morning
~ lots to do at home if I get motivated
~ might be time to start looking at new cars to replace my 2002 Honda
~ all is well ... life is good

Shine
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On this cold, sunny Sunday I am thankful for many blessings in my life and yours...

~apple crisp and ham about to come out of the oven
~treadmill to use when it is too cold outside
~DH walks the dog we are sitting as it is too cold for me
~listening to Simon and Garfunkle CD and agree with Kathy about the restorative effect of music
~new pillow which should help with sleep

Have a wonderful rest of your weekend everyone!

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Great to follow Kathy's wonderful Sat Grats!

~A lot accomplished yesterday including a sit-me-down for two hours of holding the poodle, some reading and a video
~coming across a new, empty address book so I can replace the old one that is full of numbers from 10+ years ago that no longer function
~determination and persistence
~computer diagnostics completed
~planning ahead just a bit
~in the night, I woke after 2 hrs of sleep and thought, "aw, that was great, must be close to morning." It was not! Wide awake. The great debate in my head. Went for chamomile tea and did some things at the computer. One of those things was to personalize my Goal Board on the new SP Start page. It took me through several lists in regard to my goals. A great way to gain focus and I now have some steps planned for the next 6 mos. Went back and slept 5 1/2 hrs. So glad. and so grateful.
~When I took the poodle out in the backyard at 2 a.m. to relieve herself, it was sprinkling (the sky, the poodle was tinkling; Oh no! I'm rhyming again!)! I would have missed that if I had been in bed. No sign of those sprinkles this morning, but the cloud cover is shielding us from the Brazilian Summer Sun.
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I am slaying dragon after dragon!

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. 
1 Peter 3:13-14, NKJV

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Sat Grats! (I still love saying that, Vicki!)

* Things got better
* Another magnificant night of music. Shared with long time friends.
* Seeing the first program at the Mondavi Center for Performing Arts (in Davis CA) that says under endowments, In Memory of...[my husband] And knowing it will be printed in every program for as long as the center stands... It made me cry. He would be embarassed, but would also be honored.
* More intriguing conversations with new cyber friend
* Tomorrow's calendar is clean, so that hopefully by the end of the day, the house will be, too!

~~~Kathy~~~

Scales lie. Pants don't lie.
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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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Tonight I am grateful for:
~ being included with a group and enjoying myself
~ having another day this weekend to accomplish goals
~ not having far to go home tonight
~ a clean puppy
~ shopping with my hubby for the first time in a very long time
~ many more blessings than I could ever list
Namaste,
Sherrie

Namaste: "I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, We are One." by Ram Das

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Tonight, I am grateful for:

-Costco run completed and goods put away
-A long, brisk, excellent walk and talk with D today
-A nice dinner with my partner after being gone for nearly a week
-Delightful little kitties, even when I'm being startled awake at 1 a.m. with large pieces of glass shattering from a picture knocked over (big sigh)
-Being able to fall back to sleep this a.m. for just a bit
-Home, especially after you've been away for a bit

Goodnight all,
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This Saturday evening, I give thanks for ...

~ navigated running errands today with great success
~ two tasks completed that have been on my to do list for weeks
~ a friend's grandson coming to put up blinds tomorrow
~ found a neighbor to take care of cats over Thanksgiving
~ good day at work today ... I might like working Saturdays
~ plans for Thanksgiving weekend coming together
~ all is well ... life is good

Shine,
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~so relieved to discover that I did not get here this morning as per my routine before I missed a day
~slept well
~glad Michele phoned last night
~prayers for many in need and glad that I can do this
~finding a dozen items that are in good condition to take to the ladies at church who are making gift pkgs
~exercised
~lovely whole wheat screwy noodles and veggies for lunch yesterday and today
~getting started on this next week's assignments (I managed to calm myself last evening when I checked the assignment list and found that, no, it is not going to be an easy week, in fact the assignments include a heavy one, another challenge and I will do it in time!)
~trimmed and reanchored vine; the strong winds had pulled it from the wall - thank you to my husband's new helper
~back to working on the wedding album and, although very slow uploading the photos, I am pleased with how it's coming

I am slaying dragon after dragon!

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. 
1 Peter 3:13-14, NKJV

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Today I'm grateful for...

All that's right in my life and here.
Then good health my family and I enjoy.
A lazy morning.
A fresh manicure.
Staying on track with my food choices.
New friends.
Coughing less.
Meditating and letting go of anger.
New habits.
Choices.

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On this cold, sunny Saturday I am thankful for many blessings in my life and yours...

~sunshine
~friendly dog by my feet
~healthy foods in the fridge for today's meals
~getting ready for the holidays
~did I mention emoticon

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Always, for this wonderful community of practice
--Rachel

Good evening,

Reporting in~~

~ made strides on a paper today

~ feel good about exam today

~ heard from old friend in Albuquerque who welcomed me to stay with her as long as I'd like on my drive across country

~ her weather concerns cause me to ponder the wisdom delaying the road trip until spring, rather than latter Dec.

~ very tired, ready to jump in bed with warm flannel sheets

Blessed be,
xox
Maha




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It comes from an indomitable will.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

Never eat more than you can lift.
-- Miss Piggy

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Friday night grats
For time spent with a friend at a great workshop
teachers and mentors in my profession
traveling a gravel road from Musselshell, MT
south to the Yellowstone River.

Always, for this wonderful community of practice
love to each of you.


Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can."
-- H.H. the Dalai Lama
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Friday night, historically known as "Happy Friday Night!" or "Date Night", and I am searching for gratitudes.

* I was able to get sqeezed in for teeth cleaning, after sleeping through yesterdays appointment, and my teeth feel terrific!
* Dental Insurance, so that I can have this luxurious experience twice a year.
* Leaves, which earlier I described as dancing on the lawns before they ran up the street, being chased by the winds.
* I have survived the past couple of days.
* Hope that things will get better....because right now, it feels like it did on about July 20, eight days after his death.

~~~Kathy~~~

Scales lie. Pants don't lie.
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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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This Friday evening, I give thanks for ...

~ a quick omelet for dinner, sweetie is back in Little Rock
~ going to sleep early tonight
~ full schedule of clients week after Thanksgiving
~ running errands after work tomorrow, meditation on Sunday
~ sweetie's home on Monday
~ all is well ... life is good

Shine,
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wandering boy came home early last night for a rare treat for this weary mama

dh in looking for our boy each night has built up friendships with many of the late night skateboard crowd

took a skateboarder to a retreat last weekend, we paid, he was a happy camper

for my dh's wisdom in dealing with all that faces us

for a temporary homeless skateboy who slept on our couch one night this week

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On this Friday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- the emoticon sparkling in the emoticon
- Mentors' Channel Day 19: The Seasons Insight: "We are blessed to live in a world of changing seasons with special gifts in each one. Be grateful for change, for newness, for differences, and for the miraculous dependability of the ever changing world."
- our office emoticon feast and successful butternut squash soup (who knew apples would add such flavor?)
- haircut after work - shaggy, shaggy, shaggy
- dinner with my DH - Kathy you remind me of how blessed I am - sending healing thoughts

Life is GOOD - Here's to living it!

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“If you laugh you change; and when you change the world changes.” Shilpa Shah

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~so good to catch up with y'all this morning
~good sleep
~will get on elliptical for some
~after 5 hours with no internet (anxiety building because awhile back we were cut, which included our cell phones, even though we were paid up!), it returned and I was able to get my assignment uploaded
~sorted my clothes last evening to get the things I am not wearing out! Good feeling to know what I grab in a hurry will fit me and look okay
~found something I will give to someone as a birthday surprise
~prayers for those in need and knowing that prayers do make a diff.
~more wedding photos uploaded

I am slaying dragon after dragon!

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. 
1 Peter 3:13-14, NKJV

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Grateful tonight
* After a few days of feeling up, and moving forward, I crashed big time last night, biggest meltdown in weeks. Missing my husband SO much. And struggled all day. But, I am able to accept this as a "normal" part of the process. For that, I am thankful
* For being able to reschedule my dental appointment after I slept through it, and the "did you forget you had an appointment" phone call this morning.
* For day three of fabulous "dragon breath" biryani (best $10 meal in town!) and having left over soup so I didn't have to cook a thing today.
* For making a new friend on my dog walk tonight, a woman who lost her husband 12 years ago. And who really understood why I was crying as I was walking the dog down the street...
* For that silly mutt of a dog that now has been incorporated into my life. Tiger Lily. WHERE would I be without you....
* And the autumn colors. Magnificant. And blue skies, pink clouds and stars...perfect after two days of rain.

~~~Kathy~~~

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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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This Thursday evening, I give thanks for ...

- only an hour left of work. It's my late night.
- completed a project for sweetie this morning
- time to read the NYT
- reading a good book on PTSD
- developing routines in our new lives together
- spending thanksgiving with my family
- all is well ... Life is good

Shine
Sandra

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Even 10 minutes of activity changes your brain.
-- John J. Ratey, MD
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Good evening,

What a treat to be with you all here~~

~ Kathy. that's an amazing tribute to your exceptional son (like mother, like son!)

~ Robert and Robin went to the library and played bridge today (miracles still happen!)

~ a peaceful day at home

~ Elizabeth Gilbert's new book, The Signature of All Things, which I got from the library -- it sounds captivating

~ KALIGIRL's fabulous blog on exercise with several GREAT links, many of which I shared on Facebook

Blessed be,
xox
Maha


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It comes from an indomitable will.
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Never eat more than you can lift.
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atransformation so happy to hear how great your sons doin
thankful for good talk with co workers
for big hug from special needs boy
being told I am needed
great pear for snack
finding a cool tree in neighbors yard

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On this Thursday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- the emoticon of winter - the grey skies, wind and potential for emoticon
- contrasted with the emoticon s who are experiencing emoticon and the celebration of the seasons that emoticon connections allows me
- meeting my teammate for our last lunch before emoticon
- a 'catch' in my back, reminding me I can't go from 0 to emoticon in one day
- BESTSUSIE's post www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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perfect for our building feast tomorrow.

Life is GOOD - Here's to living it!

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things” Maya Angelou

“If you laugh you change; and when you change the world changes.” Shilpa Shah

“Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy.”
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~finished reading, on to assignment
~my helper phoned from the funeral to let me know
~low calorie good-for-me brownies for supper topped w strawberries and banana
~fun movie
~good sleep
~dogs fed and happy
~prayers for those in need
~will exercise later
~tree is finished
~finding an exciting long-range opportunity, asking DIL to help me check it out, and she is
~cool-ish morning

I am slaying dragon after dragon!

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. 
1 Peter 3:13-14, NKJV

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Today I am grateful for:
~ All that is good in ALL of your lives! - wish I had time to mention each of you and the smiles and tears and joy I receive from reading YOUR gratitudes
~ making it through day 2 of helping to conduct auditions for 110 hopeful performers
~ feeling somewhat more confident and relaxed as day 3 approaches.
~ completing day 3 without sugar, gluten or dairy
~ my cozy bed waiting for me after this
~ many more blessings than I could ever list
namaste,
sherrie

Namaste: "I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, We are One." by Ram Das

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Thankful on this rainy autumn night,
* For fuzzy nighties and my new fireplace.
* For day two of biryani leftovers.
* For optimism and online banter
* For DIL doing great after surgery
* And finally, for the blessings of my son. Who has matured in ways I never dreamed possible. Who manifests qualities that I hoped and prayed he'd developed. Who stands like a rock in the troubled waters and raging seas his little family has had to cross these past couple of years. Who is physically strong and healthy, and who sets the example for his girls to follow. Who is loved and adored by his wife, and his two girls who call him Poppie. And who is celebrating his birthday today. Thank YOU for being in my life!

~~~Kathy~~~

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Tonight I am grateful for:

-Sunshine today in Nashville after a dreary and cold day yesterday
-Meeting Sandra's son at his new restaurant in Nashville ( I can certainly see the resemblance)
-Museums and all they offer as a learning experience
-The Country Music Hall of Fame - WOW!!!
-RCA Victor Studio B, the amazing vibes in this studio where so many recorded number one hits
-Putting my own fingers on the original 1942 Steinway piano, the original keys, played by Elvis Presley and so many others ( the story goes that this was the favorite piano of Elvis, he wanted to take it to Graceland, and Chet Atkins would not allow it)
-The luxurious hotel that my company is paying for; such a treat
-Lots of walking

Goodnight all,
Stephanie

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This Wednesday evening, I give thanks for ...

~ saw my first client today ... it felt good
~ accepting I have a steep learning curve for trauma-informed therapies
~ motivated to learn
~ so good to have sweetie home
~ making Thanksgiving dinner for my parents
~ son says he's happy with his new job & move to Nashville
~ all is well ... life is good

Shine,
Sandra

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grateful
~to feel up to travel
~to have time with little V to look forward to
~for good medication, though it is bringing pounds with it
~for hope of better function and less pain
~for much needed rain with no flooding

peace
ann

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It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with, and it should be treated with honor.
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“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.” Mary Oliver

Came across this quote from another sparker and it touched me as I am dealing with some "darkness". Not from someone fortunately but perhaps it is a gift from the universe.

On this damp Wednesday morning I am thankful for many blessings in my life and yours...

~rain and not snow today
~visit with a friend
~warm house
~loving family
~supportive friends
~sparkpeople, new weight loss goals, dietary changes

Blessings to each of you thankful sparklers!

"Friends are quiet angels, who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly."
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for new coat
having the best bosses ever
new jeans
yummy oatmeal
hugs from students
hug from great neice


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Kathy - Vietnam sounds wonderful - a friend of mine went and loved it

On this Wednesday morning I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- a wonderful emoticon and emoticon this morning
- Chopra meditations focusing on the positive and reminding me to focus on what I want
- packed breakfast and lunch (a 1st emoticon in a long time...)
- the last of the warm November days (for a while)
- emoticon @ noon and yes today I will do it!

Life is GOOD - Here's to living it!

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things” Maya Angelou

“If you laugh you change; and when you change the world changes.” Shilpa Shah

“Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy.”
Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience" Teihard deChardin


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~finished half of reading yesterday
~my helper and I were together and cried together and hugged each other when she rec'd news of her cousin's death (shot by a stray bullet); he and his wife are members of our previous church
~huge thunderclouds moving in and overhead early evening
~no rain, but a wonderful cooling mist when out went out to not water my flowers
~I slept fairly well
~my happy dogs greeting me when I went out to feed them
~a man trimming bushes here today
~3rd day on the elliptical. I am plzd to discover that altho I have not used my elliptical in months, it was not difficult to get going and I have no pains going on, not even muscular! 1st day-10 min.; next 2-30 min.
~have been listening to a great recording about Life Coaching, my emerging dream maybe
~might just finish decorating the tree today

I am slaying dragon after dragon!

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. 
1 Peter 3:13-14, NKJV

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Today I am grateful for:
~ almost done day two of no gluten, sugar, or dairy and feeling fine
~ learning (in hindsight) some of the things I could do to help myself conduct auditions
~ being clear about my strengths and weaknesses
~ yoga & the good exercises from my chiro and PT
~ central heat, comfy home
~ many more blessings than I could ever list
namaste,
sherrie

Namaste: "I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, We are One." by Ram Das

If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you always got. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. (Albert Einstein)



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Once we discover that life itself is a journey, then to be a pilgrim with a heart of service is to open one's life to a boundless horizon.
-- Joan Halifax, Abbot, Upaya Zen Center

Good evening,

Sorry to be so "absentee"...I'm a bit of a mess these days with "u" stuff going on. But I'm no less grateful~~

~ the incomparable Joan Halifax named a Traveler of the Year by National Geographic
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~ enjoyable chat with Kathy, our dear fearless leader

~ loving Kathy's boldness in choosing New Year's eve in VIETNAM -- YES!

~ dumbfounded by my prof's compassion, extending the paper's due date from tomorrow to Nov 27

~ homemade cornbread

Blessed be,
xox
Maha


Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

Never eat more than you can lift.
-- Miss Piggy

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Grateful today
* For last night's dragon breath (spicy) biryani, which satisfied a week long craving. AND leftovers enough to feed me all day today, AND tomorrow!
* Gut wrenching laughter with my friend, while we were shooting dragon flames at each other.
* A use for the travel credits (from the trip we didn't take)that would have expired on 12/31 this year...
* And making a decision to change up rituals (since they've been shattered anyway), and spend New Year's Eve in VIETNAM!
* DIL's surgery went well. AND she remains cancer free!
* BBC series on Netflix. Latest pleasure was Land Girls.
* Feeling warm and cozy inside with the first rain of the season outside.

~~~Kathy~~~

Scales lie. Pants don't lie.
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This Tuesday evening, I give thanks for ...

~ sweetie is home after two weeks out of town
~ sweetie had dinner ready when I came home from work
~ assembled end table for my office, ready to put in car
~ 10 hour day on Tuesday means I get Thursday mornings off
~ Christmas shopping underway, cutting way back this year
~ all is well ... life is good

Shine,
Sandra

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for nice clear day
very little joint pain
seeing favorite nieces
Have a good hardy laugh with students
got a lot of good commplements on new drawings

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Kathy - so glad to hear you are healing.

On this Tuesday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for
- another warm emoticon fall day
- Chopra meditations - they truly resonate with me
- lunch with my teammate
- computer support in the office
- the comfort of making a decision

Life is GOOD - here's to living it!

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things” Maya Angelou

“If you laugh you change; and when you change the world changes.” Shilpa Shah

“Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy.”
Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience" Teihard deChardin


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~halfway through yesterday, took the day off and watched a few movies with the poodle
~slept well
~will exercise later
~reading underway
~strawberries in the breakfast mix
~found turkey!!!
~feeling a bit down but know it is a passing thing
~lively conversation with my helper
~my new angel arrived at first destination on its way to me (in 2 weeks)
~cooler morning

I am slaying dragon after dragon!

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. 
1 Peter 3:13-14, NKJV

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Whew...

Oldest son is okay after a wild week of diagnosing and seeking medical care for a serious spider bite after some hold ups things are improving and looks to be okay.

Middle son came home last night, late, but came home safe.

Youngest boy dealing with all around him well.



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Today I am grateful for:
- watching lula play with her ball like an otter
- day one of cleansing diet felt good
- fun with all my co-singers at our master class tonight
- super full day tomorrow but should be fun too
- smiles
- many more blessings than I could ever list
Namaste,
Sherrie

Namaste: "I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, We are One." by Ram Das

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Tonight, I am grateful for:

-Mission accomplished at lunch; not only a big healthy salad, but also a bowl of lentil soup!!
-A good long walk again this afternoon after a filling lunch
-Hot chai tea, Indian-style; the best I've had yet!!!!
-The amazing capability of smart phones, including mobile Sparking!!!
-Calling my dear friend to offer support as her home town (Washington, IL) was almost decimated, although all of her family is OK and still have their homes
-Time away from the normal daily routine and time away from stress; allowing myself to do what I want, including going back to sleep this morning and sleeping until 12:30 p.m., simply unheard of for me, especially when there's lots of outside noise, so I clearly needed it

Goodnight all,
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36. Beautiful weather today
37. Time, energy and ability to go out, take a long walk and enjoy it!

Wishing you all many blessings.

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On this cold, sunny Monday afternoon I am feeling somewhat overwhelmed but still thankful for many blessings...

~sunshine
~family and friends
~sweet personality of our son's little dog who is staying with us
~progress on getting ready for holidays
~this very interesting article in Forbes magazine online


What Grain Is Doing To Your Brain
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Too many carbs in our diet, says one expert, are spurring dementia and a national Alzheimer's crisis


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Today, I am grateful for:

-Sunny skies and a beautiful day in Nashville after rain and severe storms yesterday
-Long walks just looking around
-Having three days to do whatever I want; or nothing, if that's the case, until my conference starts
-This healthy body of mine that is keeping me going although I've not been treating it the best lately
-My mission for lunch shortly: find a BIG salad somewhere!!!! LOL

Have a great day all,
Stephanie

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This Monday morning, I give thanks for ...

~ Project Clean House is almost completed, plenty of time for the extras
~ Sweetie is on the road, headed home
~ Privacy fence blown down but no other damage, no tornado, just windy
~ Lunch with an old acquaintance from Arkansas who now lives in St. Louis
~ Seeing improvements in Words with Friends, better strategy
~ Posted pictures of sweetie's soon-to-be-for-sale house on FB
~ Seems strange having Monday off but enjoying the quiet
~ all is well ... life is good

Shine,
Sandra

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On this Monday morning, I continue to be blessed and am grateful for

- an 'out of control' morning and the blessings it brings
- colleagues who are willing to go above and beyond for me
- another emoticon day with warming temperatures
- a dear friends' new grandson
- finishing raking the emoticon (as though that is possible) tonight

Life is GOOD - here's to living it!

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things” Maya Angelou

“If you laugh you change; and when you change the world changes.” Shilpa Shah

“Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy.”
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~managed to complete and turn in an assignment before midnight last night - hard one!
~slept okay
~hearing from Michele about her oldest son's infected spider bite - probably a brown-recluse, and he is better today after a visit to emergency last night
~groceries today
~looks like I'll have the rest of the week to get ahead with studies and watch a few good movies
~hearing from DS1; he's traveling still (Jamaica, I think) for business and doing well
~still so happy he visited us last week
~looking forward to making dr. appts and finding a way to lose this weight I can't lose; hope I find a dr. or nutritionist that can help me - I am grateful for this experience because it has attuned me to those who are struggling with weightless, too, but I am so tired of being overweight!!! 7 yrs with SP, 40 lbs lost in 2 yrs then in spite of all the long-distance walking, strength ex., and improved eating and fluids, I have gained it back and more! Argggh!!!
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For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. 
1 Peter 3:13-14, NKJV

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I've been away for several days, we just came home from camping, I’m grateful for:
29. my bed
30. my shower
31. family hikes
32. hills
33. people that want to help others
34. people that want to change the world
35. meeting leaders that offer hope & inspire others


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Sunday afternoon, and I am thankful
* For an amazing concert last night, Bethoven's 9th. Standing ovation all around.
* For staying involved in a local film society and the amazing friendship developing with the exectutive director...as she, too, travels her journey of grief.
*For being ok with giving up my FRONT ROW SEAT to the San Francisco Opera's Barber of Seville today...and choosing to sleep instead.
* The subsequent 12 hours of sleep. I am exhausted.
* For a pot of soup on the stove
* For choosing to stay in my nightie


~~~Kathy~~~

Scales lie. Pants don't lie.
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If the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that shall suffice. ~~~~~~ Meister Eckhart


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This Sunday afternoon, I give thanks ...

~ my sweetie is coming home tomorrow instead of Tuesday! Yay!
~ fun playing Words with Friends this afternoon
~ took a nap
~ started Project Clean House
~ spending time with my kitties
~ all is well ... life is good

Shine,
Sandra

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Today I am grateful for:
~ Mazzy being okay after her fall and also her healthy habits
~ watching Lula run at the dog park, one woman called her a gazelle
~ the disappearance of the funk & fog that took over much of last week
~ the ease of communication (esp. texting) with cell phones
~ voice to voice conversations and person to person contact still reigning supreme
~ many more blessings than I could ever list
namaste,
sherrie

Edited by: IAM1WEVRY1 at: 11/17/2013 (14:26)
Namaste: "I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, We are One." by Ram Das

If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you always got. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. (Albert Einstein)



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This Sunday morning, I give thanks for ...

~ talking to my sweetie
~ seeing pictures of the work done to get her house ready to sell
~ anticipation of sweetie coming home on Tuesday
~ warm home, bed calling me back to sleep
~ electricity, water and trash pick up
~ so many ways to communicate
~ as always, all is well ... life is good

shine,
Sandra

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Today I'm grateful for...

All that's right in my life and here.
The good health my family and I enjoy.
Coughing less.
Sleeping better
Healthy lifestyle habits that are becoming new habits.
The willingness to plan ahead and make mindful choices.
No serious injuries after a fall in the shower and banging the back of my head on tiles.


Mazzy


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11/17/13 8:43 A

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~for Thanksgiving plans and the house will be full
~another good night's sleep - yay!
~for online music that thrills my spirit
~for stamina to face some hard things and flourish in spite of the emotion that is a deep, deep pain
~that I am staying on top of studies, although sometimes it is such a challenge
~for my sweet daughter's words to me a long time ago (she repeats these once in awhile and it comes to mind at most appropriate times): Mom, I don't know why you worry, you always do a get good grades!
~some yoga moves today
~that I am keeping up my exercise streak - Day 308!!!!
emoticon Some days it feels like I'm climbing a mountain!

I am slaying dragon after dragon!

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake [for what is right], you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. 
1 Peter 3:13-14, NKJV

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11/17/13 1:00 A

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Late Saturday thanks...

~warm clothes
~sunshine
~Christmas cactus buds
~DH cooked dinner
~older son is doing some repairs
~friends and family and all of you

"Friends are quiet angels, who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly."
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11/16/13 8:30 P

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grateful for visit with sister
for one night and one day away from my Mom
fun time yesterday with grands and nieces
for yummy nature vally granolia bar
for this team and the great people hear

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